Thomas Anstey (HA 12)

See ‘Anstey: A Complete History From the Norman Invasion to World War One‘ for much more on the Hampton in Arden Ansteys. In addition to biographies of various Anstey individuals who make up this sub-branch, the book contains a plethora of Anstey research and statistics, including an analysis of how the Hampton in Arden Ansteys fit into the pedigree descendent from Hubert de Anesti, the 12th century originator of the ‘Anstey’ surname.

HA 12. Thomas Anstey: He was born in 1819 in Hampton in Arden to parents Thomas Anstey (HA 10) and Ann Maynar. He married Mary Hicken in 1850 in Warwick – the ‘Coventry Standard‘ on 26 April 1850 reporting “Marriage: On Wednesday last, at Hatton, by the Rev. T. Hope, Mr Thomas Anstey, farmer, of Kenilworth Chase, to Mary, eldest surviving daughter of Mr. John Hickin, of Beausall.“ They had children in Kenilworth:

  • Edward Hicken Anstey (b 1852, living in Kenilworth in the 1871 Census, a butcher’s apprentice. The ‘Coventry Standard‘ 12 October 1877 reported “EMBEZZLEMENT- Edward Anstey, butcher, was charged with having embezzled three separate sums of money, 6s 2d ., 8s 1d, ., and 4s 2d., received from Alfred Clarke Boddington, of the Engine Inn, Kenilworth, on behalf of his master, George Selman, butcher, of Kenilworth.- It was proved that the money had been paid to the prisoner for meat supplied by his master to Mr. Boddington, and that he had never accounted for any of the sums named.- The prisoner elected to have the case dealt with summarily, and was sentenced to three calendar months’ imprisonment.”);
  • William Anstey (HA 23 – b 1853);
  • Mary Ann Anstey (b 1854, had two illegitimate children Lilly Anstey (b 1879 Foleshill) and William Henry Anstey (HA 27 – b 1880 Foleshill, served during World War One). In the 1881 Census she was living with her parents and two children at Paradise Grove, Crabmill Lane, Foleshill); and
  • Ann Anstey (b 1856, was witness to her brother William (HA 23)’s marriage in 1879).

The ‘Leamington Spa Courier‘ 08 March 1856 reported “KENILWORTH. HIGHWAY ROBBERY.-On the evening of Saturday last, Mr Thomas Anstey, farmer, of Kenilworth Chase, after spending the evening at the Virgin’s inn, was proceeding home, shortly after twelve o’clock, when he was overtaken by two men, one of whom he knew to be John Faulks, who said they were going the same way as himself, and accompanied him. When they were in Malt-house lane, Faulks turned upon Mr Anstey, and, saying something about serving him out for having him up for ” water-cressing,” began to beat him in the face, and knocked him down. The rascals next rifled Mr Anstey’s pockets, taking from him about 12s. or 13-., and then left. Mr Anstey afterwards gave information of the occurrence to P. C. Jackson, who had seen Faulks about eleven on Saturday night. The officer went to the house where Faulks was staying and apprehended him: and be was taken before a Magistrate at Warwick on Monday, and committed for trial.“.

The ‘Birmingham Journal‘ 26 March 1856 reported “HIGHWAY ROBBERY AT KENILWORTH.-John Faulks, labourer, aged twenty-three was charge1 with having,on the 2nd of March, assaulted and robbed Thomas Anstey, of 13s 3d. Mr. Merewether was for the prosecution, aud Mr. O’Brien for the defence.The prosecutor stated that about twelve o’clock on the night in question be left the Virgin Arms, Kenilworth, and was proceeding on his way home when he was joined by the prisoner and another man, who walked with him some distance, when the former suddenly turned upon him, struck him on the face, tripped up his heels, and robbed him of the money in question, He was subsequently apprehended on the charge, and was found to be in possession of some money, but this he was able to satisfactorily account for. The prosecutor admitted that at the Virgin he had mistaken a man named Hall for a glazier who had formerly worked for him, and under that impression treated him to some liquor. He was evidently in a state of intoxication at the time the offence was committed, as he alleged, by the prisoner. Faulks was found not guilty

The ‘Coventry Standard‘ on 15 March 1862 reported “Sale at Chase Farm, Kenilworth. WILL SELL BY AUCTION, On MONDAY, March 24, 1862, upon the Premises of Mr. Thos. Anstey, Chase Farm, Kenilworth, who is leaving his Farm,”

The family were living at Meer End, Balsall in the 1871 Census where he was an agricultural labourer/farmer. In 1879 he was described as a “farm bailiff“. In the 1881 and 1891 Censuses they were living at Paradise Grove, Crabmill Lane, Foleshill with their grandson William Henry Anstey (HA 27) – he was a gardener. In 1889 “Wilful Damage. Allen Strong, a schoolboy, of Foleshill, was summoned for wilful damage to a fence, the property of Thomas Anstey, gardener, Foleshill, on July 17. —The lad crept through a gap into complainant’s garden to get a ball, in doing which he committed the damage complained of…”

He died in Coventry district on 22 August 1891; his probate recorded that he was living at Paradise Foleshill, Warwick, a gardener, and that effects were granted to Mary Anstey, relict.

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